Appendicitis is a common condition affecting children. Nevertheless, up to half of all pediatric patients continue to be diagnosed late in their disease process once perforation has occurred with its attendant higher morbidity and mortality. Early surgical consultation and use of diagnostic imaging modalities such as ultrasound, computed tomography, and laparoscopy may decrease the perforation rate in equivocal cases. Preoperative preparation consists of aggressive fluid resuscitation and antibiotic therapy. Appendectomy can then be performed either open or laparoscopically depending on the surgeon's or patient's preference. Interval appendectomy may be a less morbid and more cost-effective way to deal with perforated appendicitis in children over 6 years of age.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2000|
- Interval appendectomy
- Perforated appendicitis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health